Halloween (and October for that matter) is a wonderful time filled with sugary candy, apple cider, and nostalgic movies. Whether you’re planning on hosting a small get-together, staying at home and binging spooky flicks, or going door-to-door for candy, we’ve got some tips for your eco-friendly Halloween.
As a bonus, read on to the end for a costume suggestion, featuring some of our favorite sustainable products!
Low Waste Decor
If you’re looking to add a little color to your front porch or apartment window, what better way than with a good ol’ pumpkin. See if there’s a pumpkin patch near where you live and check it out with friends. And if there isn’t one near you, your local supermarket will surely have some in stock. It might even be worthwhile to get one you’re later able to clean out and bake with so you get double the use out of your orange gourd. Pro tip: to minimize waste, skip the carving and go straight for creative decoration with lace, leftover fabric scraps, and food coloring.
Ghoul Milk Jars
If you drink milk from plastic jugs, instead of recycling them (at least for now), you can decorate them into little ghosts. Use a black marker, colorful threads, and non-toxic paint to make them beautiful. Moreover, you can even stick a tea light inside for an added layer of spookiness. Just be sure you don’t put an open flame inside because it will inevitably melt the plastic.
If there’s a decor you’re dying to have (no pun intended), you can always ask to borrow a friends’ or shop secondhand. Many thrift stores will have Halloween items on display in October (although many more items come about after Halloween), so you might be in luck. If you’re looking for inspiration, Pinterest is a great resource. Maybe add a skeleton to your patio chair, some eco-friendly Halloween spider webs to your mailbox, or make a tombstone with an old cardboard box and art supplies. When in doubt, thrift it out!
Our Favorite (spooky) Products
Halloween Greeting Cards
When you want to celebrate but can’t quite get together, a great way to show you care is by sending a card. But not just any card, an eco-friendly one! One of our newest additions to EarthHero is our Trick or Treet Halloween Greeting Cards from Tree-Free Greetings. This 8-pack features 4 gorgeous designs like a ghost eating candy – how cute! Plus, it’s printed with solar power and uses a recycled envelope. You can find our other Halloween cards here.
Colorful Face Paint
To add a little flair to your Halloween night outfit, why not opt for Non-Toxic Face Paint from the brand Ecopiggy. Made with non-toxic and metal-free dyes, this face paint set comes with a bamboo paintbrush for eco-friendly creativity. Plus, it washes off easily with water and shouldn’t stain your clothing either. You can become a spooky ghost, delightful pumpkin, or glamorous cat with these colors!
Candy Tote Bags
What better way to carry your candy than with a Reusable Trick or Treat Bag you can use year after year? Ours from Bagito is made with recycled water bottles and stuffs down into a small pouch for easy storage. Be sure to pack an extra tube of hand sanitizer and wet wipes or rags to clean up any spills or wipe sticky hands. Plus, if you opt for a cute design, you can use it year-round as a reusable shopping bag!
Bonus Costume Idea: Glittery Mermaid
A timeless Halloween look is a mermaid. Our take features tons of glitter and shine using the Shimmer Lip and Cheek Tint from All Good. This lip and cheek tint is made with avocado oil and shea butter for a smooth feel. Plus, it comes in a recyclable glass jar so your ecological impact is light. Dab a little on your cheeks and lips and even as an add-on to your highlighter routine for extra sparkle.
To get that perfect tousled look, use the Golden Waves Sea Salt Hair Spray by Captain Blankenship. This product features sustainably sourced gold mica that brings your hair a beautiful shimmer. Furthermore, it has organic sea kelp to nourish your scalp and aloe vera for moisture. Shake well and spray as desired to either wet or dry hair. Fluff it up afterward and you’ll look like the mermaid you deserve to be.
For a mystical accessory, try the Compassion Nail Polish by Rooted Woman. A gorgeous medium brown/nude color, this nail polish will bring your look a sultry and earthy feel to round out your mermaid look. We love that the brand, Rooted Woman, is also women-owned and black-owned so we know we’re supporting better business.
Finally, all you need is a flowy dress, blue-green shirt, or a mesmerizing sweater and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!
We hope our tips were helpful in making your eco-friendly Halloween fun and sustainable too! Let us know what you’re dressing up as in the comments below.